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Dodge Caravan Jammed Sliding Side Door Repair Guide
How to fix a jammed, stuck, or slow automatic sliding side door on a Dodge Caravan or a Chrysler Town & Country.

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Caravan Door Track
Remove Phillips Head Screw
Remove 2nd Screw
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the Dodge Grand Caravan in fixing an automatic sliding side door that has become jammed, stuck or just moves slowly.

Owners of other similar vehicles such as the Dodge Caravan, Chrysler Town & Country, Chrysler Voyager and Volkswagen Routan may also find this DIY guide to be useful.

The passenger side automatic sliding door of this 2006 Dodge Grand Caravan became jammed when a plastic shopping bag wrapped up into the mechanism. It would not open or close with the key fob or overhead console buttons and was nearly impossible to move by hand.

The only tool needed to complete this procedure is a standard Phillips head screwdriver.

Pull Off Door Gear Cover
Plastic Bag Wrapped In Gear
Pull Out Plastic Pieces
The first few steps are to locate the black plastic cover on the automatic sliding door's mechanism and then remove the two Phillips head screws with the screwdriver.

Remove the screws by turning them in the counterclockwise direction with the Phillips head screwdriver.

Pull off the black plastic cover to expose the black metal gear and the sliding door's electric motor.

Set the black plastic cover aside in a safe place.

Make sure that no one is near the buttons for the sliding doors or either of the key fobs while you are removing the debris causing the jam.

For even more safety, you may choose to disconnect the "-" negative battery terminal.

Carefully remove whatever debris was "eaten" by your minivan's sliding door such as a plastic bag, shoelaces, paper, leaves, twigs, sticks, fabric, clothing, etc.

If you have trouble removing the debris, very carefully move the sliding door forward or backwards by hand a tiny bit before re-attempting to pull out the material.


Gear Clear of Debris
Shredded Plastic Bag
Lubricate Gear & Tracks
Once the gear is completely clear of debris, lightly lubricate it with a product such as WD-40 or a silicone spray.

Open and close the door a few times by hand to help spread the lubricant all over the gear and tracks.

Replace Plastic Cover
Tighten Two Screws
Test Sliding Side Door
Then replace the black plastic cover over the gear and tighten the two Phillips head screws to complete the job.

For more, check out my other related guides by clicking on the following links: Dodge Caravan Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide, Dodge Caravan Tail Light Bulbs Replacement Guide, Dodge Caravan Overhead Map Light Bulbs Replacement Guide, and Dodge Caravan Third Brake Light Bulb Replacement Guide.

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